New DNC chief cites Cain in assessing first GOP debate

In the eyes of the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) new chairwoman, the winner of last night's Republican debate was "the person who was a business leader."

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) dabbled in Republican presidential politics on Friday, seeming to allude to Herman Cain, the longshot Republican presidential candidate who was formerly CEO of Godfather's Pizza, as the winner of last night's first primary debate of the 2012 race.

"I thought it was interesting that the Fox focus group's reaction was that the person who was a business leader was the one that won the debate," Wasserman Schultz said on Fox News.

Cain joined four current and formerly elected Republican officials — former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.), Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson — for the first debate of the cycle, held in South Carolina.

Wasserman Schultz made her assessment in her first national television appearance since becoming leader of the DNC. And she made that appearance on Fox News, the network that hosted last night's debate and is has been an object of derision by Democrats.

Wasserman Schultz heaped praise on Fox and the moderators of last night's debate for asking "really tough questions, fair questions."

"Unfortunately, the responses were really wanting when it comes to the needs of the American people," she said of the candidates' responses.